Everyday Math

CEMSE (Everyday Math) Response to the Common Core Standards for K-6 Mathematics
The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education
A. Isaacs, J. McBride, Co-Directors, CEMSE

We believe CCS’s K-6 mathematics standards have seven serious shortcomings:

1.An overemphasis on paper-and-pencil arithmetic.
2.Inadequate exposure to concepts of data and probability.
3.A disregard of existing and emerging technology.
4.An outmoded approach to geometry.
5.A neglect of applications of mathematics.
6.An interpretation of “focus” that ignores how people learn.
7.An overemphasis on teaching by telling.

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2007 Texas 6th Grade Math Textbook Ratings
ratings by Educational Research Analysts

Summary Comparisons of 6th Grade Math Texts approved for 2007 local Texas adoption
by Educational Research Analysts

Extent of Calculator Dependence in 6th grade Math Texts approved for 2007 local Texas adoption
by Educational Research Analysts

2008 Texas 3rd Grade Math Textbook ranking
by Educational Research Analysts

Summary -- Empahsis on mastery of computational skills in 3rd Grade Math programs approved for 2008 local Texas adoption
by Educational Research Analysts

UCSMP "Everyday Mathematics" (a.k.a. "Chicago Math")

Illinois Loop

Characteristics of the Everyday Math program
  • NSF funded
  • Fewer opportunities for number relationship tasks
  • Promoted relational understanding and integrated spatial relationship tasks
  • Emphasizes estimating
  • Non-standard or invented algorithms used
  • Calculator use encouraged
  • Group activities
  • Constructivist
  • Problems without solutions
  • Spiraling
  • Lattice multiplication
  • No student textbook
  • No mastery of math facts

How reform curricula in the USA and Korea present multiplication and division of fractions
Ji-Won Son and Sharon L. Senk
Published online: 9 March 2010
# Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010Abstract In order to give insights into cross-national differences in schooling, this study
analyzed the development of multiplication and division of fractions in two curricula:
Everyday Mathematics (EM) from the USA and the 7th Korean mathematics curriculum
(KM). Analyses of both the content and problems in the textbooks indicate that
multiplication of fractions is developed in KM one semester earlier than in EM. However,
the number of lessons devoted to the topic is similar in the two curricula. In contrast,
division of fractions is developed at about the same time in both curricula, but due to
different beliefs about the importance of the topic, KM contains five times as many lessons
and about eight times as many problems about division of fractions as EM. Both curricula
provide opportunities to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.
However, in EM, conceptual understanding is developed first followed by procedural
fluency, whereas in KM, they are developed simultaneously. The majority of fraction
multiplication and division problems in both curricula requires only procedural knowledge.
However, multistep computational problems are more common in KM than in EM, and the
response types are also more varied in KM.

W-E parents speak out against math curriculum
Max Reinhart February 15, 2011 The News-Herald

Parents sound off on math program video
Feb. 14, 2011. 10:46 PM EST News-Herald

'Reform Math'
Jason and Genevieve McNew November 19, 2010 American Thinker

Parents give mixed reviews to new math textbook
More helping their kids with homework but fewer using outside help after contentious adoption
Chris Kenrick May 10, 2010 Palo Alto Online

Opposed to Everyday Mathematics program in Hollis, NH
By Tony Falcone, Ph.D.

How Everyday math and the NH Dept of Ed, fail the students of NH

McGraw-Hill and University of Chicago School Mathematics Project Announce First Continuous Pre-K-12 Math Curriculum
'Everyday Mathematics' and 'UCSMP Grades 6-12' offered by single publisher for the first time
PRESS RELEASE April 22, 2010

'Everyday Math' gripes aired

ERIC HRIN April 20, 2010 The DailyReview.com

Changes sought in math curriculum in Charlotte

Parents turn into activists

Everyday Math: Yea or Nay?

Pam Kenney NOVEMBER 11, 2009 Learning in Maine blog

Questions Everyday Math: Yea or Nay?
Nov 3, 2009 Raising Maine blog

Have you researched your child’s math text lately?
Beth Schultz September 11, 2009 The Times Record

Removal of “Everyday Math” Mathematics Curriculum from the Bayport-Blue Point School District
Petition to the Bayport Blue Point Board of Education

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